Enjoying pumpkin-spiced lattes, the colors of the leaves and those refreshingly crisp autumn afternoons? Well, we hate to brrr-eak it to you, but that means winter is, er, on its way — and the inevitable cold weather that comes along with it is going to be here even sooner than the official December solstice. Unless you telecommute, you'll have to face the freeze to get to work or school or wherever, and your car's not gonna like it much more than you do.
From dead batteries to getting stuck in the snow to breaking down in the middle of nowhere amid subzero mercury readings, winter weather throws some chilling challenges at motorists. But with a little preparation, you can avoid trouble — or at least know how to deal with it when you can't.
Check out our past coverage for winter-weather tips you should have down cold:
Tips for Starting Your Car in Subzero Weather
How To Survive Winter With Rear-Wheel Drive
Your Car is Cold Too
Can a Car Battery Freeze?
Video: How to Jump Start Your Car
How to Safely Remove Snow and Ice From Your Car
How to Free Your Car From a Snowbank or Ice Patch
Most Backup Cameras Don't Like Bad Weather
AAA Study: Extreme Cold Has Chilling Effect on EV Range